A DEDICATED member of the Sea Cadets Corps and Royal Naval Reserves has passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Lieutenant Commander Reginald Horner, chairman of Huddersfield Sea Cadets, died at home in Halifax last week.
The 75-year-old was born in Marsh, and received the MBE from the Queen for his services to the Sea Cadets.
He joined the Sea Cadets for four years in 1948 before undertaking National Service with the Royal Navy.
He served with the Navy for 14 years before joining the Navy Reserves.
He retired from the Royal Navy Reserves in 1988 as commander of HMS Hallam, a communications training centre in Sheffield, and became chairman of the Sea Cadets in 1989.
His non-military career included time as a Post Office engineer and as a sales manager for British Telecom.
A keen football fan and referee, he had his day at Wembley as a linesman in the 1976 FA Cup final.
He was a member of the local referees association and had been an assessor of referees for the Football Association’s North West and North East Counties leagues.
He was also a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Meltham.
He leaves his wife Angela, daughters Alison and Sally and grandchildren James and Grace.
Mrs Horner paid tribute to her husband as a man who had served the community.
She said: “He was a very active man with a lot of interests.
“He gave service to a lot of groups and we had a very happy and busy life.”